Gannon's Shayne Herold (Newark 2011) has won both the PSAC's West Div. Pitcher and Player of the Week awards this season. Photo courtesy Gannon athletics/Mike Gallagher
Three Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League players concluded the month of April by earning weekly accolades from their respective conferences. The awards were given out based on play in games during the period of April 22 through April 28. Two of the three players are repeat award winners this season and two are also signed to play in the PGCBL in 2013. This week’s winners included two former Newark Pilots and one future Albany Dutchmen.
Ivy League – Rookie of the Week
Joe Purritano (Albany 2013), Dartmouth
Dartmouth College freshman Joe Purritano (Albany 2013) garnered his third Ivy League weekly award and second Rookie of the Week prize. The first year helped the Big Green capture the Ancient Eight’s Red Rolfe Division championship with an undefeated (5-0) week. Purritano batted .533 (8-for-15) with eight runs batted in, six runs scored, three walks, two triples and a double. The Dartmouth designated hitter had at least one hit in all five contests and he book-ended the week with a pair of multi-hit performances. In addition, he drove in at least one run or scored one run in every game. His best performance came in a 12-0 home romp of Quinnipiac. The freshman went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. He singled, doubled and tripled, but fell a home run shy of the cycle. The former Don Bosco standout banged out five hits in a four-game series with rival Harvard and scored four runs. Dartmouth will play in the Ivy Championship Series this coming weekend at Columbia.
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – West Division Player of the Week
Shayne Herold (Newark 2011), Gannon
Gannon University redshirt senior Shayne Herold earned his first PSAC West Division Player of the Week award after leading the Knights to a divisional series split with rival Mercyhurst. A utility player at Gannon, Herold has captured both the West Division Player and Pitcher of the Week awards this season from the PSAC. In the Mercyhurst series, the redshirt senior batted .500 (6-for-12) with four RBI and one run scored. He had at least one hit in all four games and finished the series with two hits in each of the final two contests. In the opener, the LeRoy, N.Y., native accounted for three of Gannon’s five sixth-inning scores in a 7-4 comeback win. Herold slammed a two-run double to give the Knights a 5-4 lead and then he came around to score later in the inning. He finished the game with three RBI. The former Newark hurler took to the mound in the second game of the series and struck out seven in a complete game victory. Herold allowed two runs on six hits in the seven-inning affair. He held the visiting Lakers scoreless over the first three innings while Gannon built a 5-0 lead. Herold also helped his own cause with an RBI double as part of a four-run first inning. The Ashland transfer has been Gannon’s top pitcher this year. Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, Herold is 8-0 with three saves and a 1.07 earned run average through 13 appearances.
Empire 8 – Pitcher of the Week
Jimmy Wagner (Newark 2012-2013), Ithaca
Ithaca College sophomore flamethrower Jimmy Wagner (Newark 2012-2013) struck out seven batters in seven innings and allowed just one earned run to take home the Empire 8 Pitcher of the Week prize. Wagner appeared in two games for the Bombers and went 1-0 with a 1.29 earned run average. He fanned seven, walked one and gave up eight hits. The sophomore struck out two of the four men he faced in a scoreless ninth inning at Oswego State on April 24. Three days later, Wagner held New Paltz to one run on seven hits over six innings and struck out five in a 6-1 victory. He stranded five New Paltz runners on base and allowed just one Hawk to advance safely past second. The Hilton, N.Y., native is 8-0 with a 3.12 earned run average for the nationally-ranked Bombers. Wagner has recorded 49 strikeouts in 52.0 innings pitched. The Bombers close out the regular season next weekend at home against Montclair State.